Right now must of us are having a case of Guardians of the Galaxy fever (which is totally fine because the movie is pure greatness) but many of us are also not-so-patiently waiting for Age of Ultron to hit the big screen.
The lucky attendees at Comic-Con’s Hall H got a taste of some Age of Ultron footage, but what about the rest of us? What exactly do we know about the Avengers sequel so far?
The folks at Digital Spy gathered all the information we have gotten up to now on the next big Marvel film.
- The Avengers are friends… but also enemies.
Have you seen all that fan art of the Avengers going out for a drink or having video-games night at Tony’s home? It seems like Joss Whedon took this in consideration, as the footage shown at Comic-Con opened with the entire team plus agent Maria Hill chilling on the rooftop of Avengers Tower, taking turns to try and lift Thor’s Mjolnir. Chris Evans revealed during the Hall H panel that “since SHIELD fell apart, it’s more about this group of people depending on each other, without a clear leader”.
But not everything is peace and laughter: this footage included a shot of an enraged Hulk facing off against Tony Stark, who is wearing the Hulkbuster armour. That’s right: the science bros being not-so-bros after all. “It can’t just be a good fight – it’s got to be about something. Nobody wins when two people who are friends fight”, Robert Downey Jr said of the sequence. Maybe Tony is just testing the armour? Who knows, it could be!
Another shot showed Thor grabbing Tony by the throat. Guys, be nice to Tony. He is my favourite.
- Bruce Banner is not doing quite well. The footage showed various shots of Bruce looking sickly in a snowy forest and wrapped in a blanket, shivering on the Quinjet. Seems like Bruce is having a hard time controlling “the other guy”. However, it seems that Natasha has some ability to calm him down, as shown on one shot where she touches her palm to his.
Ultron is the villain, but not the only one.
Ultron, the A.I created by Tony in order to transfer his Iron Man duties to it, crashes the Avengers’ beer party to tell them they are all killers.“The only path to peace is your extinction”, Ultron says before a small army of robots attacks the superhero team. I’ve got chills just by reading that!
Although he is an A.I, Ultron, played by James Spader, is actually pretty freaking crazy: “He’s not a creature of logic – he’s a robot who is genuinely disturbed,” Joss Whedon said.
Some possible villains of the story are the Maximoff twins: Wanda and Pietro, best known as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. This because some of the footage showed a very angry Scarlet Witch casting some dark magic. Also, we must keep our eyes open, as Loki’s sceptre will have an appearance on the film.
- JARVIS gets a major upgrade.
In comicverse, Ultron reconfigures Tony’s artificially intelligent computer into The Vision in order to have it as a supporter; however, The Vision takes the side of the Avengers.
That’s loyalty right there.
Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS, will play The Vision.“The thing that appealed to me was this nascent creature being born, and being both omnipotent and totally naïve, and the danger of that”, Bettany said.
- Cap has not forgotten the Winter Soldier.
Don’t worry Cap, I haven’t forgotten him either.
The world might be falling to pieces but Cap’s mission on finding his brainwashed former best friend won’t be forgotten: “The fact is, Ultron is a clear and present danger and Bucky’s in the wind. We do mention the fact that [finding Bucky] is his primary thing, but he’s also working with the Avengers. We’re not ignoring it, but he definitely has to deal with a mad eight-foot robot, because that’s one of those things that, if you put it off, it just gets worse”.
- The end is near. (nooo!)
“It’s the end – the end of the path I started us on”, Tony says as some scenes of global destruction are shown. “Nothing lasts forever”, Black Widow replies. No, please, stop.
The footage ends with a haunting shot of Tony walking up on what looks like a battlefield, looking over at Cap’s broken shield and the bodies of all the other Avengers. Now, before we freak out even more, let’s not forget Scarlet Witch has the power to wrap reality so this could possibly be an illusion. And for the sake of my mental health, I’m going with that theory.
Rumour has it that one of the major characters in this film will die. Like, really die, not one of those pretending-to-be-death woah-not-dead acts Marvel has put us through lately. But for the sake of my mental health (again), I will choose to ignore that rumour. Yeah, that’s better.
After all this, I am even more excited for Age of Ultron, and I thought it would be physically impossible to be more excited. I am also wondering how the Hall H attendees managed to survive after all that was shown there!
The question now is: how are we supposed to live without a Marvel film until spring? Marvel marathons might keep us going!
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